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Akena's Faction Rejects Move to Unite UPC

Michael Orach Okae, the spokesperson of the Akena faction, says they are not ready to engage in any talks with the main party leadership, saying all they know is that Dr. Olara Otunnus term as UPC president expired last year.

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The Uganda People's Congress-UPC party faction under the Lira Municipality legislator, Jimmy Akena has rejected moves by the mainstream party leadership to engage them so as to reunite party members.

Recently, Joseph Bbosa, the acting UPC party president announced plans to unite the UPC members to pave way for fresh elections for the party leadership. He promised to appoint a committee of eminent party members to lead the arbitration process between the mainstream UPC party leadership and faction under Akena. 

Bbosa told URN on phone this morning that he has already embarked on the consultations with members of the rival faction to see how they can work under the same administration.

According to Bbosa, he plans to establish party structures right from the grassroots to the national level before fresh elections for the party leadership are held as directed by high court last year. 

However, Michael Orach Okae, the spokesperson of the Akena faction, says they are not ready to engage in any talks with the main party leadership, saying all they know is that Dr. Olara Otunnu's term as UPC president expired last year.

He asks Bbosa's group to forget their attempt to cling on the party leadership and join them as the legitimate party leaders.

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UPC split into two factions last year after Akena hijacked the process to elect the successor of Dr. Olara Otunnu, who decided not to seek another term of office. 

Akena went ahead to install himself as the UPC party president prompting Otunnu's leadership to petition High court. 

High court annulled the entire process and ordered fresh polls, which Akena's group has flatly rejected.

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